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Hygiene and Environmental Health: Strategies and Actions Plans to Prevent the Public Health Hazards

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 August 2023) | Viewed by 2620

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Department of Medical, Surgical Sciences and Advanced Technologies “G.F. Ingrassia”, University of Catania, 95124 Catania, CT, Italy
Interests: environmental health risks by a hygiene and public health
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Beijing Key Laboratory of Detection Technology for Animal-Derived Food, Beijing Laboratory for Food Quality and Safety, College of Veterinary Medicine, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China
Interests: hapten design for chemical compound in food; production of recognition materials; immunoassay for food safety; food science and quality; antibiotic resistance; environmental drugs and toxins; veterinary medicine; zoonosis
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1. Department of Medical, Surgical and Advanced Technologies “G.F. Ingrassia”, University of Catania, Via Santa Sofia 87, 95123 Catania, Italy
2. Policlinico “G. Rodolico-San Marco”, 95123 Catania, Italy
Interests: public health; environmental epidemiology and hygiene; food quality and safety; one health; environmental health; waste management and health; hospital hygiene; prevention
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Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and its partners and member states have worked to promote a comprehensive strategy and policy for environment and health, aimed at health hazard minimization and global health preservation. Strict cooperation between environment preservation and public health is fundamental if we are to reach the proposed aim. National and worldwide action plans regarding the environment and health were also suggested.

To promote the environment and public health, both of which are mandatory for sustainable social and economic development, applied research on this topic is obligatory to ensure we have sufficient knowledge regarding prevention, from natural risks to industrial, anthropic, and climatic risks.

A "One health"-based applied research approach is the first step towards better support for public health hazard minimization or deletion. Global warming, precision medicine, epigenetic, veterinary medicine, food safety and control of emerging environmental risks results, such as nanomaterials, will be discussed in this Special Issue.

Research on governance, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, prevention and health promotion are welcome. Studies on preventable noncommunicable and communicable disease, premature death and avoidable disability are also encouraged.

Dr. Gea Oliveri Conti
Prof. Dr. Zhanhui Wang
Prof. Dr. Margherita Ferrante
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Keywords

  • environmental health
  • public health
  • health hazard prevention
  • One Health
  • prevention strategy
  • action plans

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Re-Starting the Cruise Sector during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Greece: Assessing Effectiveness of Port Contingency Planning
by Lemonia Anagnostopoulos, Leonidas Kourentis, Antonios Papadakis and Varvara A. Mouchtouri
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(20), 13262; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph192013262 - 14 Oct 2022
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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreaks on board cruise ships early in the pandemic highlighted gaps worldwide in public health emergency contingency plans (PHECPs) for responding to unknown threats. To restart cruise operations in 2021 and respond to potential COVID-19 outbreaks, a major tourist-based Greek [...] Read more.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreaks on board cruise ships early in the pandemic highlighted gaps worldwide in public health emergency contingency plans (PHECPs) for responding to unknown threats. To restart cruise operations in 2021 and respond to potential COVID-19 outbreaks, a major tourist-based Greek island port (Port A) developed a COVID-19 PHECP. We assessed plan effectiveness by reviewing epidemiological data and monitoring outcomes, followed by an intra-action review (IAR) analyzing three event responses. From May to December 2021, 118 calls from 23 cruise ships with 119,930 passengers were recorded, with 29 COVID-19 cases in 11 cruises on board 7 ships. No outbreak was recorded during the study period. Strengths of the introduced PHECP included commitment of senior management; a core multi-disciplinary team of local authorities/ship agents involved in design and execution; interoperability agreements for port and ships’ PHECPs; cruise industry commitment to compliance; and pre-existing scenarios considering capacity needs. Central government coordination for preparedness planning at local ports is essential for successful responses. Monitoring local and country level response capacities is critical to inform planning, risk assessment, and decision-making. Immediately recording ports’ response actions provides the basis to capture lessons and improve contingency plans. To facilitate communication and common response protocols between European and non-European ports, IARs should be conducted between countries. Full article
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